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Piranha Joe's shelters hungry stomach-sailors in a relaxed atmosphere filled with the savory, salt-watered scents of grilled steaks and freshly-caught Northwestern seafood. Adventurous eaters can chart their course through the menu map starting with a plate of roasted alligator fritters ($8.95) or a crisp salad of mixed greens topped with savory blue cheese, sweet blueberries, and the clashing colors of house-smoked salmon ($12.95). With daily deliveries of fresh seafood via secret underground maglev train straight from Puget Sound, Piranha Joe's creates a culinary confluence of aqua and terra in entrees such as oven-baked or charbroiled local Coho salmon ($16.95) or stuffed prawns wrapped with bacon and swelling with sweet crabmeat and scallops ($16.95). Meat-minded diners will salivate at the thought of hearty cuts such as The Baseball eight-ounce top sirloin ($18.95). An amphibious pairing of six-ounce rancher steak with sautéed or tempura-style shrimp ($22.95) is as fun to eat as it is to assemble into a face-hugger, while the bar menu provides simpler options for exotic eats such as the alfredo gator or Louisiana gator pizzas ($9.95 each). Patrons also can refuel after daring mid-afternoon office escapes with lunch selections such as blackened fish tacos with balsamic tomato relish ($7.95). Otherwise, flex fingers in anticipation of the sundry sandwich and hamburger options, ranging from the Surfer Sam (turkey and ham dressed with avocado and jack cheese in the grainy embrace of grilled sourdough bread; $9.45) to the fiery Crock burger’s ground sirloin and Portuguese sausage served with red-pepper aioli on a crisp ciabatta bun ($11.95).

180 SW 148th St

Stanford's Restaurant & Bar stays close to home, even as it explores and combines the diverse flavors of the U.S.. Its chefs purchase as many ingredients as possible from local Washington and Oregon sources such as Inaba Farms, Ralph's Greenhouse, and Dungeness Farms. The results: buttermilk fried chicken with country sausage gravy and honey mustard glaze, and walnut crusted brie with house-made seasonal preserves. As for their combinations, the chefs don't believe land and sea need to remain separate?just look at their prime rib and grilled salmon with parmesan garlic mashed potatoes, seasonal vegetables, and Dave's horseradish sauce. Both surf and turf tend to spend a lot of time together atop the kitchen's wood-fired grill, too, soaking up the smokey flavor of the smoldering logs while coming to realize there aren't so many differences between them after all.

17380 Southcenter Parkway

Sullivan's Steakhouse: A User’s Guide

Hand-Cut Steaks | Fresh Seafood | Classic Cocktails and Wine | Gluten-Free Options | Live Music

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: oysters on the half shell
  • Entree: dry-aged new york strip
  • Side: three-cheese macaroni with a garlic-butter crust
  • Dessert: bananas foster bread pudding

Where to Sit: If you'd like privacy to propose to your partner—or to discuss a proposal with your business partner—request to be seated in one of the high-backed booths.

Special Events

  • Every Tuesday evening, one of Sullivan's sommeliers guides guests through curated tastes of wines and beers paired with bites from the menu. They're occasionally joined by local winemakers and brewers.
  • In addition to daily happy-hour specials, the restaurant also offers late-night delights for night owls or actual owls who enjoy blue-cheese meatballs.
  • There's a prix fixe menu year-round, but Sullivan's also sometimes adds seasonal tasting menus—for example, the Summer Fling menu pairs an 8-ounce fillet with a Maine lobster.
  • With live music performances nearly every night, diners don't just have to be entertained by busboys melodically clanking stemware together while clearing tables.

Vocab Lesson
Rib-eye steak: a tender, flavorful cut of beef from the rib section that is prepared either bone-in or boneless.
Steak oscar: steak served with toppings of crabmeat, asparagus, and a creamy sauce—either hollandaise or béarnaise.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
For the art collector: Admire the work of local and national artists at Jeffery Moose Gallery (1333 Fifth Avenue).
For the theatergoer: ACT – A Contemporary Theatre (700 Union Street) houses five theaters in one building. Past performances have included Little Shop of Horrors and Arthur Miller's The Price.
For the fashionista: Butch Blum (1332 Sixth Avenue) currates high-end collections from European clothing and accessory designers.

621 Union St

Palisade: A User’s Guide

Upscale Surf and Turf | Live Dungeness Crabs | Waterfront Dining | Affordable Prix-Fixe Lunch | Indoor Fish Pond

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: teriyaki tenderloin
  • Surf: crab-stuffed jumbo prawns
  • Turf: spit-roasted prime rib
  • Dessert: salted-caramel ice cream with granola and caramelized bananas

Where to Sit: The 180-degree wall of windows overlooking Elliott Bay ups your odds of nabbing a stunning waterfront view. But the rest of the dining room offers its own picturesque scenes including a fish pond replete with a babbling waterfall.

When to Go: Budget-conscious diners can score the same incredible views and fresh seafood during affordable prix-fixe lunches or “first seating” dinners held before the evening rush.

While You’re Waiting: Order a classic cocktail cooled by one of Palisade’s signature ice spheres, which are designed to melt slower and chill drinks longer than traditional cubes.

Inside Tips

  • Although all of Palisade’s seafood is fresh, the dungeness crab might just be the freshest of all—the kitchen stores them live in a 600-gallon tank.
  • Because it’s nestled in the harbor, this restaurant can be a tad difficult to find. Call ahead for directions.

While You’re in the Neighborhood
By land: Stroll through the 12 acres of greenery that make up Magnolia Park (1461 Magnolia Boulevard W.), admiring clear views of Puget Sound.

By sea: Take a sunset cruise courtesy of Far Niente Sailing Charters (2601 West Marina Place).

2601 W. Marina Pl.

The Three Faces of Salty's on Alki

Gorgeous Views

Despite there being three restaurants, each Salty's boasts a waterfront view. The Seattle location looks out on Elliott Bay and the city's skyline, the Redondo Beach location has views of Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains, and the Portland spot oversees the Columbia River. And customers don't have to fret about getting a window spot—the spectacular sights are viewable from nearly every seat in the house.

Tons of Awards

About the only thing longer than the menu is the list of awards. A plethora of critics and publications have heaped praise on Salty's on Alki, naming it everything from the Best Place to Bring a Date (West Seattle Hearld) to Best All-You-Can-Eat Buffet (Seattle Weekly). Wine Spectator has given the Seattle location an Award of Excellence every year from 2003–2013, and Seattle Magazine also named that branch the restaurant with the best view from 2009–2011.

Sunday Brunch

Salty's on Alki’s brunch, replete with a huge all-you-can-eat buffet, has been lauded by publications ranging from OpenTable to Seattle Magazine. It’s not hard to see why. Every Sunday (and Saturday at the Seattle and Portland locations), the staff situates trays and trays of prawns, salmon, dungeness crab, oysters, and other fresh seafood next to made-to-order omelet stations, waffle bars, hand-carved meats, and every dessert Betty Crocker could ever imagine. It's even got a make-your-own bloody-mary bar, where patrons can whip up custom hangover cures.

1936 Harbor Avenue Southwest

Daniel’s Broiler: A User's Guide

Upscale Steakhouse | Dine With a View | Happening Happy Hour | Live Piano Music

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: popcorn shrimp with Sriracha-chili sauce and lemon aioli
  • Entree: carved-to-order USDA prime rib with creamed horseradish sauce
  • Side: lobster mashed potatoes with bacon and chives
  • Dessert: vanilla-bean crème brûlée

When to Go: Dine to a soundtrack of live piano tunes Tuesday–Saturday evenings.

Where to Sit: Ask for a table close to a window for breathtaking views of Lake Union at sunset, or request outdoor seating for harbor-side dining.

Inside Tip: Check out the seven-day-a-week happy hour for generously portioned bar snacks—such as prime steakhouse sliders or marsala chicken skewers—that can curb the sticker shock of the pricey dinner menu.

While You're in the Neighborhood
Before: Scope out the 360-degree view of Seattle from the periscope at the top of the Museum of History & Industry (860 Terry Avenue, Lake Union Park).

After: Take in a classic performance at the Seattle Shakespeare Company (305 Harrison Street).

809 Fairview Pl N